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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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Your history matters!

eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh.


eabh members recognize their responsibility towards society. Only a well functioning financial sector can help to increase the welfare of all.


eabh places current challenges of the financial sector into a historical context. Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.


eabh promotes archives. Accurate and accessible records of past activities are the indispensable foundation for a sustainable global financial system.


Risk management

Snippets of 2014 eabh annual conference ‘Risk Management’, 13 June 2014, Rüschlikon, Switzerland.

Banks at war

Archival workshop ‘Banks at War. Financial Institutions confronted by the Great War.’, 12 June 2014, Rüschlikon, Switzerland.


Our network

eabh circulates sound research and information upon which today’s decision makers can rely.

The legacy of the past continually resurfaces to determine actions in the present and the future. Through eabh membership institutions gain access to a global network of financial history experts who can provide  competent advice.

More about the benefits of becoming a member of eabh.


Recent publications

2016 annual report

2017 outlook

Carmen Hofmann, eabh (ed.)


History of Financial Institutions

Essays on the history of European finance, 1800–1950

Carmen Hofmann

Martin Müller (eds.)

Available Now

Architecture & Finance

eabh bulletin

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


The Critical Function of History in Banking and Finance

Studies in Banking and Financial History

Vappu Ikonen

Duncan Ross (eds.)


Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History

Piet Clement

Harold James

Herman Van der Wee (eds.)

Member download

Calling London

Travels by British Bankers, 1904-63


Les Banques centrales et l'Etat-nation

The central banks and the nation state

The Origins and Nature of Scandinavian Central Banking


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Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) in Europe

eabh believes that safeguarding the records of financial institutions will improve the protection of global financial stability. Authentic and reliable memory systems are needed to understand current crises and to evaluate risks.

For that reason a project on archival legislation for finance (ALFF) has been started in 2012 with the objective of collecting information about best practices of financial institutions in building and improving their archives.

More about the project

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eabh Annual Meeting

eabh 2017 Annual Meeting

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in co-operation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier Thursday, 22 June 2017 BNP Paribas, 14 rue Bergère, 75009 Paris (Métro Grand Boulevards – Rue Montmartre) 08.00 – 10.00 Academic Council Meeting – for members of the eabh AC only 10.00 – 16.10  ‘Appraisal in the digital era’ eabh Archival workshop 16.00 – 17.00 Board of Management Meeting – for members of

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Archival Workshop

Appraisal in the digital era

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier This one-day workshop is designed for archivists, records managers and information professionals of financial and public institutions, as well as researchers and users of digital archival material. The amount of digital records that financial and public organisations produce on a daily basis is monumental. High quality appraisal policies can offer benefits like accessibility,

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Legacy of finance

The legacy of the haute-banque in the world. From the 19th to the 21st century

23 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier.

The haute banque emerged as an elite or sub-category of private banks in France during the Restauration. These institutions were well respected and dealt with major international businesses which also had business with the State until they vanished after World War II.

Interestingly, many of the former haute banque houses came back on the scene again at the beginning of the 21st century. How did this happen? And why?

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Money in Africa

Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century

9 Oct 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

eabh in cooperation with Banco do Portugal and Banque de France.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the history of the monetary and financial processes of decolonization. The objective is to shed light on the different historical cross-experiences.

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